Weekly evaluation of your life can help you to focus on those things that are most important. Often times it’s easy to get so busy with what’s on your plate, that you don’t take time to evaluate what’s working, what’s not working, and what’s out of balance in your life.
I’m grateful for my coach who helped me to develop a personal habit of weekly evaluation. I call this my ABC Time.
A = Alignment
B = Balance
C = Clarity
By paying attention to my daily activities, goals, objectives, progress – I’m able to gain a greater clarity and focus on the future.
I’ve set an appointment with myself every Monday at 8am. (There are some weeks when I have to renegotiate this time because of other commitments, but I make an effort to start my week with ABC Time).
As I start my ABC Time, first I reflect on the Last Week. I write down in my journal the answers to these 5 Questions:
- What worked?
- What didn’t work?
- What did I learn?
- What was missing or out of balance?
- What will I celebrate?
Next, I focus on This Week and ask these 5 Questions:
- What activities will ensure balance?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What are my next steps?
- What relationships need attention?
- Who am I coaching?
I’m really grateful that I’ve developed this habit. It helps me to reflect and learn and make appropriate changes in my schedule, rather than just running full-steam ahead into a new week without focus or clarity on what’s most important. As I coach leaders, introducing them to ABC Time has helped them to become more intentional and focused in the way they devote themselves to their roles in each week. The result is greater effectiveness. Several years ago, I attended a workshop offered by the Covey Leadership Center that emphasized the principles in the book First Things First. I found the principles taught and applied in my life enabled me to say yes to a greater calling and purpose. (see Decide and Do)
Anything less than
a conscious commitment to the important
is an unconscious commitment
to the unimportant.
(First Things First, p. 32)
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